Since Monday was Memorial Day, I had the day off work at Visual Aid. However, since there was no work, Full Brain Films took this opportunity to get a lot of filming done. We started at about 11:30 AM and went to around 9 PM. For the first half of the day, we filmed at my mentor’s friend’s house who has contributed to this project. This was a serious scene in which the main actor’s friend cries after getting to see the main actor for the first time in a year. Once again, I enjoyed seeing the process the actress takes to achieve these emotions. I thought it was interesting to compare the different approaches each actress took. After this scene, we returned to my mentor’s apartment where we had a break and ate Thai food. We had many great discussions such as India because the project filmed there last year. The next scene that we filmed was the friend showing the main woman her new apartment. After that, we did a scene in the bathroom that was more upbeat and it was quite a change to see the main character laugh in the scene. My mentor did a really cool shot where the focus changes but this was complicated and took a lot of time to get right. The crewmember who operated the focus, Sarah, deserves major applause. Since Sarah did that, I got to take over the boom for the first time. It was exciting yet scary because I didn’t want to be the one to mess up the scene. I had a lot of fun this day and am glad that my last day was this much fun. I plan to work with Full Brain Films a little more before they go to Vegas for more filming.
On Tuesday, I had to leave work early so I mostly spent the day writing the lyrics to the song for the Make-A-Wish music video. My task was to write the lyrics for each segment of time. After a few different attempts, I chose to use 20 seconds but since it would sometimes cut off in the middle of a line I devised a key in which if the line went over the time limit, I wrote a plus for each second and if it started before the time limit, I typed a minus for each second. During lunch, my coworkers and I discussed what to do for the video. I really felt like part of the team and I was confident in sharing my ideas. It was so interesting to imagine the video and convey my ideas with people who have worked in the film industry for years.
On Wednesday and Thursday, I researched music videos. This proved to be much more difficult than I thought. What my mentor wanted me to find is not typically found in music videos so I had to watch a lot of videos because searching for what I wanted on Google did not give me what I needed. My mentor wanted to see how other music videos used the ideas that he has for the Make-A-Wish video.
On Friday, my coworkers took me golfing as a celebration of my internship. It was really interesting and I was surprised how much closer I have gotten with them throughout the month. I was much more shy at the start of May but I’ve slowly let my shell disappear. I had a lot of fun this day and my golfing skills definitely improved. Golf was just one more thing to add to the long list of skills my coworkers have taught me. I hope to continue to work with Visual Aid in any way I can. Perhaps I will be able to be an assistant on another set or help out more with the Make-A-Wish project. I’ve loved both my internships in many ways ranging from the people to the things I learned. I am extremely glad I was fortunate enough to work with these two amazing companies!